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Carlos Lopez, DVM
Brookhurst Animal Medical Center
1301 South Brookhurst Street
Anaheim, CA 92804
Tel: (714) 776-7387
Fax: (714) 563-0144
JD - Dr Lopez is AWESOME. His fees are very affordable and he goes WHY beyond just treating your pet. He explains all aspects, feeding lighting HE KNOWS his stuff. And he is up-to-date on exotic pets and furry ones too. I HIGHLY recomend DrCarlos Lopez; he has made a new client: ME and my Iguana, and my cat. They REALLY CARE!!! Remarkable Dr !!! He is is up-to-date on Iguana care and diet, lighting so on and on....Just a wonderful man and his staff are great ! (07/07/04)


Kenneth A. Harkewicz, DVM
Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital
2126 Haste Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 848-5041
  • TM - Very good vet and very nice. Explains what's going on and tells me the medical term of my animals ills as well as the explanation of what it means. Treated my non-growing juvenile leopard gecko for parasites and now then suddenly it seemed that Zeke made up for all the growing he should have done in one night. He is very helpful and caring to my 11 reptiles who have all been seen by him for regular checkups and he will make sure I am doing things that one should do to care for the reptiles. Responds to any questions or concerns when contacted with email. (07/20/02)
  • Dr. Harkewicz was recommended to me by the East Bay Vivaruim because my Rosy Boa had unusual swelling in his tail (past the vent) and was acting rather lethargic. He quickly figured out the problem, and was very helpful in answering my questions about what was the cause (swollen musk glands), as well as treating the problem and making sure he was otherwise healthy. (08/06/02)
  • Dr. Harkewicz is very knowlegeable on all reptiles. He sees all of my chameleons, bearded dragons and tortoises. He is very patient, listens to your concerns and takes his time to explain your concerns. He is VERY good in answering his e-mails and returning calls. (04/30/03)
  • KM - After finding her bleeding on the road, I brought my newly rescued box turtle to this hospital, with a severely broken shell. I was absolutely offended at the quality of care, astronomically high cost and unneccesarry length of time spent waiting to be seen by the vet, there. While routine nail clippings and the like were usherred past us. I sat with my bleeding, broken turtle for what felt like a lifetime, but was more like close to three hours. To finally get in to be seen by the vet. They were entirely insensitive to her as a patient and even less so to me. To illustrate the fracture severity the vet proceeded to lift her high above my head and with his hand wrapped around her, rotated his thumb to repeatedly pull the moving bottom of her shell side to side. thus revealing it's severed nature and the subsequent lack of her ability to use it any longer, to push against. He basically did nothing else except give her a horse size shot of antibiotic, and a bag of several more for me to administer at home. The whole visit was less than a 20 minutes and I was charged more than what the next vet that saw her, and worked on her, charged for 2 days of surgery and care. They charged more for that one antibiotic shot to be given in the office, which took about 12 seconds, than was charged for the entire bag of take-home shots. She needed and received a marine patch and all the preperations involved in sterilizing the site, from our new vet. We like our new vet very much. I still occasionally get refferred to this vet hospital, but am quite perplexed. Because, in my many years of experience with vets, have never had such a bad experience as there. I feel lucky she survived their care. It's been 6 years now, and she's still got her patch in tact. Sadly no thanks to this establishment. I just wish we hadn't wasted all the money, time, and energy there first. (04/09/04)
  • DB - Dr. Harkewicz has helped me through some tough times with Quiqley, my 24" beardie! In my opinion, he is the best reptile vet around. He has pulled Quiqley through a bad molt which resulted in removing a 1/4" off the tip of his tail, and he was able to remove an eye due to a bad abcess in the mouth. The front desk and staff are very helpful as well. (07/28/04)
  • AV - Dr. Harkewicz is a great reptile vet. He see's my resuces and fosters. He is very knowledgeable and explains everything to you. I refer people to him often. (10/12/04)
  • S - My snake was seen by this vet he is now better and I am greatful. I do wish it was a little less expensive but I love the care they give. (01/19/08)

    Beverly Hills

    Geoff Stein, DVM
    Dr Shipp's Animal Hospital
    351 Foothill Rd.
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Tel: (310) 550-0101
  • Los Angeles - Dr. Stein has seen my green iguanas and I believe he treats o as well. (03/04/01)
  • E - Dr. Stein saw my recently acquired WC Ch. Melleri and treated him for parasites and an eye irritation. He's had much experience with chameleons in his practice, has kept chameleons, he explains things well and is absolutely a pleasant man to deal with. I recommend Dr. Stein for chameleons as well as other lizards. (10/02/02)
  • GR - She is a Great vet, she is very carefull and thorough, she has seen all of my bearded dragons,juvenile and adult and has treated them for many different problems. Dr Geoff Stein is also a great reptile vet. (01/14/04)
  • Feedback above while at Studio City Animal Hospital (Studio City) (12/30/06)
  • Dr. Stein is one of the best reptile veterinarians in southern California. He removed several nematodes from a rescue chameleon and the charge for the entire visit was less than $25!!! (11/11/04)
  • E - Dr. Stein was with Studio City Animal Hospital for years. He is also a co-author of Mader's Reptile Medicine and Surgery technicians' manual. Dr. Stein is a great reptile vet - Probably the best in the area. I trust him with any of my chameleons. (01/21/05)
  • Feedback above while at Raymond Street Animal Hospital (Pasadena) (05/28/07)
  • Z - I have not been to this place nor seen this vet, but saw the reviews on Dr. Stein. I'm taking my sick Bearded Dragon this evening to see him. The office visit is $50. (04/19/07)


    Mark S. Madden, DVM
    Bascom Animal Hospital
    2175 South Bascom Ave
    Campbell, CA 95008
    Tel: (408) 371-5630
    Dr. Madden no longer practices here; left here in case future visitors are seeking him. (11/18/01)


    Carol Mayer, DVM
    Adobe Animal Hospital
    3619 Clayton Road
    Concord, CA 94521
    Tel: (925) 825-3535
    D - (07/26/01)

    Marilyn Koski, DVM
    Four Corners Veterinary Hospital
    1126 Meadow Ln.
    Concord, CA 94520
    Phone: (925)685-0512

  • JR - Dr Koski is a professor @ UC Davis in the avian/ exotic department. She is ahead of the game when it comes to new technology and medical procedures. You can have your reptile, or any animal, examined by Dr. koski at 4 corners for just a fraction of the cost as compared to Davis, but you still get the same great knowledge. Dr. Koski is nice, patient, and will answer all of your questions. (01/29/04)

    Costa Mesa

    Joel Pasco, DVM
    All Creatures Care Cottage
    1912 Harbor Blvd.
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    Tel: (949) 642-7151
    Fax: (949) 642-1024
  • DM - All Creatures Care Cottage has been treating reptiles and other exotic pets for over 30 years. Their two staff veterinarians are Dr. W. Joel Pasco and Dr. David Chapman and they are both excellent. (11/01/04)


    Exotics Service Veterinarians
    UC Davis Small Animal Hospital
    Davis, CA 95616
    Tel: (530) 752-1393
    Tel: (530) 752-0186 emergency
    West side of the campus of the University of California at Davis, about 15 miles west of Sacramento on I-80.
    SS - Outstanding group consultation services, not just one opinion. State-of-the-art equipment, knowledge and care. Constant contact with vets by phone or e-mail available as needed. Costs somewhat higher than standard vets but this includes complete reports to you and your local vet. Have treated several iguanas, a black and white tegu, a blue-tongued skink, a redtail boa. Vets give strong sedatives before euthanasia shot. Approachable and compassionate with clients. (04/06/02)

    Diamond Bar

    Tom Greek, DVM
    Village Animal Hospital
    23379 Golden Springs Dr.
    Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    Tel: (909) 861-7463
    [Email]   [Website]
  • LB - Tortoises, turtles, terrapins, bearded dragons, iguanas. Besides being an extremely competent professional, Dr. Greek is just a nice guy! He has compassion for the animals and treats their owners with respect. (03/18/03)
  • RH - I took my 9yr. old Green Iguana in to see Tom Greek. He is very knowlegeable about Iguana's and what they are suppose to eat and there Husbandry. A super extra nice guy. He was the only Vet that even considered to see my Iguana with a money situation I had at the time. He cared more about my pet's wellfare than the money at the time. (02/08/04)
  • TC - Dr Tom Greek was recommended to me by 2 reptile store owners in my area. I keep several chameleons including 5 Mellers from babies to adults. They require specialized vet care, and Dr. Tom Greek is the best. He is very knowledgeable in chameleons and their care. He is very gentle, and very reasonable. Wish I had known about him when my first Mellers Chameleon got an infection, instead I had a very bad and expensive experience at Long Beach Animal Hospital, and that cham died. I will NOT ever take a cham there for treatment again. I only trust Dr. Tom Greek, he is excellent. (11/24/04)
  • HK - Tom Greek looked at my corn snakes. He was respectful and non-confrontational. He just wanted to know what their situation was like so he could help them, not so he could castigate me about it. He performed stool evaluations on all of them, but only charged me for one. He also gave me advice and medication for all of them. He treated me with respect and my snakes with care. He's a great vet. (01/13/05)
  • Dr. Greek no longer works at East Lake Animal Hospital (02/26/06)
  • DW - I first met Dr. Greek at one of the reptile shows where he was the "Show Vet." A few months later, I had him exam my panther and veiled chameleons. From my experiences, I strongly recommend him for his reptile work, especially for chameleons. He has worked with well over 500++ chameleons. I have recommended him to other chameleon keepers who also have been very satisfied with his expertise and "bedside manner". (02/26/06)
  • JL - He examined my female veiled chameleon with 2 broken bones. After some disappointing experiences with a previous vet, I was very happy to find him. He is extremely knowledgable of chameleons and helped my cham heal her bones by putting on some great splints. I drive an hour to get to him, but he is absolutely worth the drive. (02/26/06)
  • HVC Note: The above comments apply to when Dr. Greek practiced at Yorba Linda Veterinary Hospital (09/04/2007)
  • HVC Note: Please visit Dr. Greek's website to learn of where Dr. Greek's new practice will be. (09/04/2007)
  • HVC Note: Location established, as of 9/21/2007. (10/15/07)
  • B - Dr. Earnheart is primarily a mammal vet, wondefull with canines, but you may want to try elsewhere if Dr. Greek is not available for Herp needs. Dr. Greek was amazingly compassionate and helpfull after our Veiled passed from an untreatable kidney infection, explaining what happened and reviewing our husbandry with us carefully because we were blaming ourselves needlessly. He's something special, a vet who doesn't think you're wierd for loving a herp. (01/09/08)
  • BP - Dr. Tom Greek is helping us try save our daughter's Chinese Water Dragon that thanks to Petco nearly died. Treatment will be long term and glad we have Dr. Greek to see as it will be every week and a half for a while. Dr. Greek is amazing we saw him at Eastlake Animal Hospital when he was there and we still love him. Our local reptile shop says they won't take any animal or reptile anywhere else. He is caring and honest. Our daughter is in college and her funds are limited and Dr. Greek has taken that into account. He is building his new practice and should be back in Yorba Linda in the Spring. We are taking our dog away from our prevous vet's office and taking her to see Dr. Greek also. (01/24/08)

    El Cajon

    Rosanna Brown, DVM
    Rancho San Diego Animal Hospital
    2990 Jamacha Road
    El Cajon, CA 92019
    Tel: (619) 660-6767

    David Robbins, DVM
    VCA Broadway Animal Hospital
    380 Broadway
    El Cajon, CA 92021
    Tel: (619) 444-1166

  • MC - Additional Information: Established hospital. I've been with them since 1970's. This doctor has only been there a year, many people do not know that they have a herp doc. This doctor will do absolutely anything to help you help your animals. He's very good with all of my 'kids' ( he's seen a snake, a slider and my two dogs...). He is calm, does not go for the alarming diagnosis like some other docs I've gone to. Just a very cool doctor. (06/14/06) co-worker recommended

    Fair Oaks

    Marianne E. Brick, DVM & Richard W. Slevin, DVM
    Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic
    8520 Madison Avenue
    Fair Oaks, CA 95628
    Tel: (916) 961-1541

    Fountain Valley

    Bruce S Levine DVM, ABVP Avian & Companion Animal
    Animal Medical Center
    16540 Harbor Blvd, Ste A
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Tel: (714) 531-1151
  • Vet self- recommended (10/08/07)


    Dr. Bentham
    Central Veterinary Hospital
    5245 Central Avenue
    Fremont, CA 94536
    Tel: (510) 797-7387
    They have 24 hour service, and Dr. Bentham who owns the practice will see iguanas, chameleons, turtles, tortoises, etc
    MB (02/25/01)


    Dr. Sue Lynch
    Waterhouse Animal Hospital
    1115 E. Champlain Dr.
    Fresno, CA 93720
    Tel: (559) 434-4000
  • YG - Dr. Lynch has 20 years experience as a zoo veterinarian and loves to see unusual pets. (04/29/07)


    Info to be verified
    Chris Cauble, DVM
    Mobile Vet
    820 Thompson Ave. #2
    Glendale, CA 91201
    Tel: (818) 242-5576
    Fax: (818) 247-5860
    Pager: (818) 242-5576
    [Email]   [Website]
    Reptiles, birds, fish, rabbits, rodents, large and small exotics, and wildlife veterinary service
    He takes great care and concern when examining and treating my bearded dragons and helping me with my breeding set up. (06/14/01)

    Grass Valley

    Bruce Lund, DVM
    Mother Load Veterinary Hospital
    11509 La Barr Meadows Rd.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    Tel: (530) 272-6651
    Additional Information:
    M-F 8:00am-5:30pm
    Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm
    Sun. 9:00am- 11:00am
    emergencies, anytime.
    JM - Dr. Lund is extremely nice, and certainly professional. He will strive to help your herp, and he will not push needless expenses on you. He knows his stuff, but is not afraid to admit that he needs to research things a bit more before diagnosis (as in the case with my PTS). P.S.- he's good with bearded dragons and igs especially! (11/08/01)
  • DL - Dr Lund is amazing. He cares about all animals - and it is proven by his care for pets as well as other creatures brought in that are found injured. He is a true humanitarian veterinarian! I would trust him with any pet of mine, and would recommend him to anyone who wants an honest, caring and amazing vet. (02/01/06)


    Walter Rosskopf, DVM
    Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital
    4871 W. Rosecrans Ave
    Hawthorne, CA 90250
    Tel: (310) 679-0693
    Fax: (310) 444-8974
    Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital

  • Took my bearded dragon in for an emergency visit in which the doctor squeezed me in and examined the dragon during his free time. After receiving my dragon's meds and a printout of the diagnosis, he was unavailable to talk to for days. The staff had no knowledge of what things meant on her chart and and I got different answers from different people on the same questions. Was finally told to fax questions in and they will be faxed back later with answers. (07/23/04)
  • Arrived to have a fecal done from my kingsnake. Staff said they saw reptiles "all the time" This may be true. The staff was so horrible verbally that they could not transmit very basic questions to the doctor such as "Will a float be done to test for eggs or will a sample of the feces be directly examined under the microscope?" The response was we need a larger stool sample. I asked the front desk lady what she actaully said to the doctor, she didn't know. She offered me to write down the question. I did. She said it sounded like I needed to make an appointment. I left thinking the doctors may be competent, but communication with anybody but the doctors is futile. It seemed like I would have to make another appointment to have the results read to me directly by the doctor. Staff is appears nonverbal and unable to understand the simplest questions. It appears this confusion will cause longer than normal wait times. (10/13/04)
  • GH - I've been taking my green iguana here for 15 years. Dr Rosskopf came highly recommended, and they have taken excellent care of her, including spaying her. (Otherwise she would have died.) Agree with other poster that the front desk people are not particularly friendly, but the doctors have always been beyond helpful. A quick look at all the notes of appreciation lining their exam rooms will confirm this. (05/23/06)

    La Mesa

    Todd R. Cecil, DVM
    Pet Emergency & Specialty Center
    5232 Jackson Drive, Suite 102
    La Mesa, CA 91941
    Tel: (619) 462-4800
    Fax: (619) 462-7224
    [Email]   [Website]
  • AW - I had a chameleon who was wild-caught and very ill. Dr. Cecil was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He has had chameleons himself, and gave me many useful suggestions the first time I took her in. And even later when I had to humanely euthanize her, Dr. Cecil and the rest of the staff were incredibly empathetic and supportive. I am so grateful for them. (09/19/04)
  • SJ - Wonderful doctor, very experienced and compassionate. (07/20/06)
  • This is a change of workplace, where Dr. Cecil still administers only to avian and exotic species. Dr. Cecil no longer works at the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital (San Diego) Vet provided information (11/07/06)

    Lake Forest

    Kristi Fisher, DVM
    Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital
    21771 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 111
    Lake Forest, CA 92630
    Tel: (949) 855-9744
    Fax: (949) 855-1070
    JD - Dr. Fisher and her other Dr's seem very caring and not afraid to hold a reptile, even a very sick one. She was very compassionate and informative, as to exactly what was going on with my Iguana. Dr. Kristi Fisher was wonderful. Lizzy had to be put to sleep, but Dr. Fisher was very compassionate holding my iguana ( was suffering from severe MBD) Lizzy and talking to her softly as she injected the shot, after allowing me to say my final good-bye. Dr. Fisher is awesome, even through a bad situation. (06/21/04)


    Jodie Marshall, DVM
    Helen Harris, DVM
    West Valley Veterinary Clinic
    123 North V Street
    Lompoc, CA 93436
    Tel: (805) 736-1238
    Fax: (805) 736-7063
    These doctors treated my ballpythons for several conditions. They were very helpful in everything, including demonstrations of medicinal administering. I would recommend them to everyone. (06/07/02)

    Long Beach

    Long Beach Animal Hospital
    3816 E Anaheim St.
    Long Beach, CA 90804
    Tel: (562) 434-9966
  • B - These people are very good with all animals. I have a 7 foot boa that is very docile and they are the only ones who didn't handle him as if he was a dangerous pit viper. (03/18/02)
  • MM - Re: Don Petersen, VMD. The good folks at the Long Beach Animal Hospital have taken excellent care of our garter snakes and bearded dragon. We feel very lucky to have found them, and have been blessed by their knowledge, experience and the quality of care we have received, not only for our herps, but for us keepers, as well. (10/12/02)


    Alexandria Rensing, DVM
    Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
    3901 Sierra College Blvd
    Loomis, CA 95650
    Tel: (916) 652-5816
    Fax: (916) 652-5975
    Have had bearded dragons, boa constrictors and rosy boas successfully treated by Dr. Rensing. She is very knowledgable about many types of herps. and maintains a collection of her own. (06/08/03)

    Los Angeles

    Animal Surgical & Emergency Center
    1535 South Sepulveda Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Tel: (310) 473-5906
    Tel: (310) 473-1561 emerg.
    My new corn snake was making some popping sounds and I brought him in. The front desk people were very nice and helpful. They took my snake back immediately and I waited maybe ten minutes to see the vet. She was excellent and thorough and rather than charge for excessive tests and meds said my snake would be ok. It was somewhat pricey but the service more than made up for the great experience. (03/18/06)

    Los Osos

    Patrice K. Burroughs, DVM & Susan Choy, DVM
    Bear Valley Animal Clinic
    2021 11th Street
    Los Osos, CA 93402
    Tel: (805) 528-0693


    Niklos Weber, DVM
    Whispering Pines Pet Clinic
    14632 Skyway
    Magalia, CA 95954
    Tel: (530) 873-1136
  • TM - As I take previously owned animals, some come with problems. I've had very good care for them from Skyway. Dr. Mark Dunlap, who owns the practice, is not a reptile specialist but can and does provide emergency care. Dr. Niklos Weber is an exotics specialist and one of the vet techs is a microbiologist. They've handled some tough problems for me. (07/06/02)
  • Just moved into new clinic 2-28-06. Available for exotic animal emergencies. I am the vet. :>) I will see any herps. (03/04/06)
  • HVC note: Updated information as provided by veterinarian. Relocated from Skyway Pet Hospital. (03/26/06)


    Michael J. Murray, DVM
    Avian & Exotic Clinic of Monterey Peninsula
    2 Harris Court Suite A-1
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: (831) 647-1147
    Fax: (831) 373-4482
  • Email - 20 + years specialized in avian, reptile and zoo, lecture and instructor in several specialties. Willing to work with owner's vet via consultation and is currently on several advisory committee for exotics as well as diagnostic expert for Antech. (06/11/01)
  • GM - Dr. Murray is fairly good with caives and other animals, unfortunately you have to go through the rigors of getting past their receptionist who sometimes think she knows a bit more than in reality. If you have alot of patience in dealing with front end ppl then go for it, otherwise dont bother. (06/12/03)


    Bronwyn Dawson, DVM
    Dr. Domotors Animal House
    135 West Foothill Boulevard
    Monrovia, CA 91016
    Tel: (626) 303-7881
    Fax: (626) 932-1589
    [Email]    [Website]
    KY - Formerly at Teresita Animal Hospital in Pasadena. On Veterinary Advisory Board of Los Angeles Zoo. Dr. Dawson has taken care of tortoises and iguanas for me for over ten years now. (11/30/01)

    K. Mohiuddin, DVM
    Huntington Drive Animal Hospital
    535 West Huntington Drive
    Monrovia, CA 91016
    Tel: (626) 357-2335
    DH - He examined my box turtles, did xrays, full physical palpatation, beak/nail trimming, fecal, CBC etc. He has much experience with all kinds of reptiles, he is up to date on the latest research, and is an ARAV member. He clearly loves the animals, he takes a long time to examine, ask questions, and listen to you. He answers all your questions in detail without hurrying. I highly, highly recommend him for anyone in the Los Angeles area. (09/22/02)


    Tiffany Margolin, DVM
    Moorpark Veterinary Hospital
    484 East Los Angeles Avenue Suite 104
    Moorpark, CA 93021
    Tel: 805-529-7003
    RW - I have 3 turtles (Red Eared Sliders) and Dr. Tiffany Margolin has been a big help in keeping them all in good health, and teaching me more about proper care of turtles. (12/02/02)

    Mountain View

    Kenton Taylor, MD
    Miramonte Veterinary Hospital
    1766 Miramonte Ave.
    Mountain View, CA 94040
    Tel: (650) 962-8338
    Fax: (650) 962-8496
  • SR - Dr. Taylor is the owner of the practice and sees all types of small animals. I have worked as his nurse in the practice for the past 7 years and during that time he has worked with all of my reptiles. Dr. Taylor practices high quality medicine and I highly recommend him to any reptile owner looking for a qualified veterinarian. (12/31/03) Co-worker recommended
  • KK - They looked at my 12 year old iguana, Iggy, and they were experts at handling her without anyone getting hurt. Her exam was very thorough, and I just felt really comfortable there. Very friendly, knowledgable. (05/03/05)
  • MB - Highly recommended. Dr. Taylor saw my daughter's box turtle under unusual circumstances; she had got it from her dad when he passed away and we needed a certificate to transport across state lines. I have gotten these before and the vets are usually very brief, just looking at the animal and signing the certificate as quickly as possible. Dr. Taylor went way beyond this, giving us lots of information on the turtle's care, photocopying lots of articles since he knew we would be out of town after that visit, letting us know how we would know how to tell when she was healthy or not, and giving advice about travel conditions to make her most comfortable. Also, we felt like he was treating us as he would any pet owner (friendly and helpful), even though it was obviously a one time visit. All very much appreciated. (09/21/07)


    Cynthia Lynn, DVM
    Montclair Vet Hospital
    1961 Mountain Blvd.
    Oakland, CA 94611
    Tel: (510) 339-8600
    Fax: (510) 339-3215
    [Email]   [Website]
  • Vet provided information (04/13/07)


    Jyl Rubin, DVM
    Dr. Jyl's Mobile Vet Connection and Clinic
    7438 Cardwell Avenue
    Orangevale, CA 95662
    Tel: (916) 989-0738
    Fax: (916) 988-8442
    [Email]   [Website]
    Vet self-recommended (11/23/06)

    Palm Desert

    Susan M. Klages, DVM
    Eldorado Animal Hospital
    74320 US Highway 111
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    Tel: (760) 340-4243
    She has several Bearded Dragons herself and she saved my baby dragon's life!


    Mark Dunlap, DVM
    Skyway Pet Hospital
    7334 Skyway
    Paradise, CA 95969
    Tel: (530) 877-4153
    [Website]   [Email]
  • Dr. Dunlap has been treating Herps for 30+ years. Bred and raised Jackson Chameleons while still in veterinary school at U.C.D. Co-worker recommended (03/30/06)

    Pismo Beach

    Maxwell Conn,DVM
    Cat & Exotic Care of the Central Coast
    565 Five Cities Drive
    Pismo Beach, CA 93449-3005
    Tel: (805) 773-0228
    Fax: (805) 773-0229
    SB - Dr. Conn spayed an egg bound iguana and saved its life. He is an excellent, caring and experienced reptile vet. (08/31/04)

    Pleasant Hill

    Louisa Asseo, DVM
    Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital
    2211 Morello Ave
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    Tel: (925) 676-1909
    Fax: (925) 676-3106
  • JR - Wonderful doctor for all animals, specially reptiles. She is a multiple reptile owner herself. Dr. Asseo has seen my Argus monitor and my Red tail boa. She surgically removed the tip of my Argus's tail, which had died due to repeated trama. I recommend her for all reptiles. (10/29/03)
  • JR - Dr. Asseo removed the tip of my Argus Monitor's tail. It looks great, I was very happy with the service I received. I look forward to bringing my redtail in for a health check. When I was there I saw 2 other reptiles: a iguana, and a desert tortoise. (11/20/03)
  • I had my Frilled Dragon look at by Dr. Asseo She was very helpful in getting Ozzy better. I recommend her to all herp Keepers. (05/09/06)
  • Above comments are from previous practice: Four Corners Veterinary Hospital (Concord) (12/26/06)
  • J - Louisa Asseo no longer works at 4 Corners in Concord. She now works in Pleasant Hill at Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital. I work with her as a technician, she is wonderful. I have assisted her in placing a feeding tube in a russian desert tortoise, wound care on a sulcata, and general medicine on lizards, snakes and turtles. She also treats pocket pets (ferrets, rabbits, rodents, etc) as well as dogs and cats. (10/12/06) co-worker recommended


    Dr. Darryl Wolf
    Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital
    1809 N. Santa Rita Road #M
    Pleasanton, CA 94566
    Tel: (925) 462-3646
    MB - He is very well-versed with iguanas particularly, and saved Bob's leg after Elmer tried to remove it with the 'iguana surgical method." (02/25/01)

    Portola Valley

    Christopher Sanders, DVM
    Wildwood Veterinary Hospital
    838 Portola Road
    Portola Valley, CA 94028
    Tel: (650) 851-9453
  • Extremely competent and knowledgeable. Practice limited to herps and birds. Very up-to-date.
  • HVC Note: Dr. Sanders also received a recommendation under Dr. Welsh's listing in San Jose. (08/11/02)
  • JP - Dr. Sanders did an emergency examination of my ornate horned frog, Buddha, after hours and then called me with the results of the examination that same night so that I wouldn't be worried about the little guy. He was very thorough in his explanations of what he found and recommendations for changing Buddha's environment to keep him healthy. His friendly manner and professional knowledge and consideration (calling me late at night) makes him an outstanding veterinarian and I will use his services for all future herp needs. Highly recommended!! (10/11/02)
  • ML - I take my turtles (2 red eared sliders and an Asian box turtle) and African leopard tortoise to Dr. Sanders for annual exams as well as any other medical needs. I've been extremely pleased with the service by Dr. Sanders and his staff. They are patient and willing to discuss your pet's situation in as much detail as you want. They treat your exotic pet with care and thoroughness. They are also involved in facilitating the adoption of unwanted or abused herps and birds. Highly recommended. (04/11/03)

    Rancho San Margarita

    Stephen Whipple, DVM
    Santa Margarita Animal Care Center
    30052 Santa Margarita Parkway
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    Tel: (949) 858-3181
    I have treated numerous species of herps over the past 13 years. I have consulted for exotic pet stores and have written several articles for local papers. Vet self-recommended (11/03/02)


    Michael Christianson, DVM
    Banfield The Pet Hospital
    2828 Campus Parkway
    Riverside, CA 92507
    Tel: (909) 697-1095
    Special interest in Turtles and tortoises. (03/05/03) Vet self-recommended

    Rolling Hills Estate

    Brad Brunskill, DVM
    Center Animal Hospital
    897 Silver Spur Rd.
    Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
    Tel: (310) 377-5548
    Fax: (310) 544-7350
    I have used Dr. Brunskill for many years now to treat all my animals. I originally went to him because my iguana was losing weight and becoming weak. Dr. Brunskill was very helpful not just in helping to heal Marius, but also with regards to giving me information. He did not treat me as a bystander in the treatment of my own pet. He treated me as an active participant in getting rid of the parasites that were the cause of Marius's illness. He gave me the information I needed to pinpoint the origin of the parasite as well as information on how to prevent a future infestation. Since then Marius has lived a healthy parasite free life. Even though I have moved an hour drive away, I still take my pets to Dr. Brunskill because of the care and consideration I receive from him and his entire staff. (6/18/01)


    Gary Forney, DVM
    Bird & Pet Clinic Of Roseville
    4010 Foothills Blvd.
    Roseville, CA 95747
    Tel: (916) 773-6049
    MR - My Black Throated monitor, Hewey, was seen there for emergency treatment. Dr. Forney is extemely knowledgable, and compassionate about his clients. I have been very happy with the care that Hewey has recieved there, and the ongoing support that Dr. Forney and staff have been so generous to provide, with many procedures done at little to no charge. They are always avail to help with questions, and assist with things such as at home injections and other supportive continual care. I will continue to go to the Roseville Bird and Pet Clinic for the health care of Hewey. (10/13/03)

    San Diego

    Thomas H. Boyer, DVM
    Pet Hospital of Penasquitos
    9888 Carmel Mt. Road, Suite F
    San Diego, CA 92129
    Tel: (858) 484-3490
    Fax: (858) 484-3499
    Member and editor for the ARAV
  • AA (06/26/01)
  • Dr. Boyer has had a life long fascination with reptiles and co-founded the Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)in 1991. He created the Bulletin of the ARAV which is now the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery and remains as Editor-in-Chief. The American Animal Hospital Association published his first book, "A Practioner's Guide to Reptilian Husbandry and Care" in 1993, and a revised edition, "Essentials of Reptiles, A Guide for Practitioners", in 1998. Dr. Boyer spent a year as a clinical instructor in exotic animal medicine at Colorado State Universities' School of Veterinary Medicine. He has produced over 100 articles, chapters and lectures on veterinary care of reptiles and lectured around the world. (11/27/04) Vet provided information
  • BJ - Six Cornsnakes of various ages and morphs were in for thier annual check ups right before hibernation. He made sure that everyone was good to go before the cold set in. I've also had to run one in from a local pet store after it failed to lay its last egg(like two weeks later). Dr. Boyer's love for all animals is well shown, not only in his face but the faces of all his Technicians as well. (12/30/06)

    Jeffrey R Jenkins, DVM, ABVP (Avian)
    Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital
    2317 Hotel Circle South Suite C
    San Diego, California 92108-3310
    Tel: (619) 260-1412
    Fax: (619) 260-1499
    [Email]   [Website]

  • Oldest Avian & Exotic practice in the West. 2nd oldest in US. Dr. Jenkins grew up chasing, keeping and breeding reptiles. Has experience with pretty much everything! Vet self-recommended. (10/25/02)
  • MP I adopted a MBD disfigured iguana nine years ago. Both Dr. Jeffrey R Jenkins & Dr. Todd R Cecil of the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital has been instrumental in keeping her healthy in spite of her disfigurement and MBD complications. They have also treated Baby. They are both 11 years old and hopefully with the help of these doctors they will live another 11 years. (12/02/04)
  • EP - I got Dragon and Baby 9 years ago. When I got Dragon, she was disfigured due to MBD. She has had problem directly and indirectly due to the MBD. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Cecil at the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital has treated her for the last six years. They have done an excellent job in treating her problems and keeping Baby healthy. (12/08/04)

    San Francisco

    Dr. Alex Herman
    All Pets Hospital
    269 So. Van Ness
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Tel: (415) 861-5725
  • JR - I have had nothing but great experiences when dealing with Dr. Herman. I trust her with all of my reptiles and cats. When my iguana was really sick and dying she took the time and special care to help her pull through. (07/12/07)

    San Jose

    Dr. Garrand Look
    Crocker Animal Hospital
    475 N. Jackson Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95133
    Tel: (408) 272-1330
    Fax: (408) 259-7642
    Cares for all animals; Dr. Look resident expert for birds and reptiles.
    SB - Dr. Look and his staff have been extremely helpful and are the most skilled with reptile experience that I have found in the South Bay area. Dr. Look has seen all 45 of our lizards and has cared for our 3 dogs as well! (03/16/01)

    Cristie Mincheff, DVM
    Almaden Valley Animal Hospital
    15790 Almaden Expressway
    San Jose, CA 95120
    Tel: (408) 268-3550
    D - Bearded dragon was seen, but vet tech has leos & other herps, very knowledgable in care. (04/06/05)

    Chris Sanders, DVM
    Diana Welsh, DVM
    Wildwood Veterinary Hospital
    1115 Luchessi Drive
    San Jose, CA 95118
    Tel: (408) 265-8811

  • Dr. Welsh and her husband Dr. Chris Sanders operate Wildwood Veterinary Hospital in San Jose and Portola Valley, CA. EXCELLENT veterinarians! Very knowledgeable on all reptiles. Both specialize in Reptiles and Birds. Dr. Welsh see all types of animals while Dr. Sanders limits his practise to reptiles and Birds. (07/11/02)
  • DM - Took my Russian Tortoise, and Dr. Sanders is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable about this species. He expertly handled her, discovered parasites through a fecal, and showed me the egg under the microscope. He answered my many questions and gave excellent advice re: diet, housing, etc. (08/22/02)

    San Luis Obispo

    Maxwell Conn, DVM
    Broad Street Veterinary Clinic
    2322 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    Tel: (805) 543-8387
    (01/29/03) Vet self-recommended.

    San Rafael

    Kenneth Bacon, DVM
    Lynn E. Lankes, DVM
    Central Marin Cat & Exotic Hospital
    4144 Redwood Highway Suite A
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    Tel: (415) 479-2287
    Fax: (415) 499-0248
    [Email]   [Website
  • C: I took my new boa constrictor to investigate possible respiratory infection. Dr. Bacon and the whole staff were very loving and knowledgable and gave me all kinds of general advice as well as defining and exploring the possible actions I could take to help my snake get well. Very professional and friendly. Highly recommended. Herp-loving, clean, pleasant clinic. (07/03/01)
  • RVC - Lynn E. Lankes, DVM is now a member of this practice. She is very good with difficult herp medicine and surgery. Dr. Bacon must have picked Dr. Lankes with care. They are a great team - they get together to puzzle out the mysteious cases. They have specialized tools for surgery on tiny organ systems. They are set up to *fully* investigate fecal samples. Adopted 5 yr. old female ig, with mild MBD and possible liver problems from a diet including meat and eggs. This vet did all the tests to rule out other medical problems, and certainly knew about the proper care, diet and medical approaches for iguanas. She became gravid, with several infections and gradual weight loss, voluntarily eating bananna treats until her spay. The vets treated her with several approaches during this time. Her health failure during gravidity was puzzling to the vets, who finally redcommended a spay, so she can apply the energy of gravidity to general healing and rehabilitation. It turned out that Herman's ovaries had ruptured ("leaking like a sponge") during reabsorbtion, spreading egg contents throughout her internal organs. Her major organs were inflamed, and there was a large, encapsulated tumor (maybe an old sterile hematoma, from it's pasty black contents - still no word from histopathology). Dr. Lankes/Bacon is the vet I would choose to attempt a fix for this kind of problem. It's been four weeks since her spay, and she seems to be doing very well. But she needs six months of heavy nursing care to demonstrate that there are not going to be recurring infection problems, and another year or two to see if there will be any left-over gravidity problems. (07/14/02)
  • RC - Since the episode with the first iguana, Dr. Lankes has intervened in the medical problems of several other of my igs. Her patients get accurate diagnoses, and they recover and survive. Pricey but expert. (12/01/03)
  • BS - I've brought my reptiles (bearded dragons and ball pythons) to Dr. Lankes and Dr. Bacon for several years now. Their staff is well educated and friendly, and communication in the office is clear. Dr. Lankes also tells you all the options there are, and which she recommends. Dr. Lankes stays up-to-date on new procedures, and her love of reptiles is obvious. In addition, CMCE gives thorough procedure estimates so you know what the lowest and highest cost will be. Several years ago, Dr. Lankes did everything possible to figure out what was wrong with my bearded dragon and then to treat him. He died from a rare case of coccidia in the liver. I was most impressed with how compassionate everyone on staff was. They were genuinely sad about his death. That honest desire to do what is best for my reptiles (not make money) and their genuine concern for my pets are truly the hallmarks of a great vet and vet office. (01/02/05)
  • HVC note: updated info as provided by practice. (03/17/06)

    Santa Barbara

    Susan Hoegeman, DVM
    Cat & Bird Clinic
    101 West Mission Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Tel: (805) 569-2287
  • Lots of experience with herps. Bearded Dragons in particular. Area of specialty in parasitology.
  • M - Susan Hoegeman no longer works at the Cat & Bird clinic. I'm not sure if she does house calls or if she found another clinic to work at, or if she still works as a vet at all. But I am positive that as of 3/5/2003 she was no longer working there. (03/11/03)

    Eric Westheimer, DVM
    Valley Animal Hospital
    102 South Fairview Avenue
    Goleta, CA 93117
    Tel: (805) 964-7755
    Fax: (805) 683-1947

  • LM - I have no experience, just found it tonite on the web. (04/14/02)
  • K - Unfortunately Dr Westheimer passed away in January 2007. This hospital no longer sees exotics. (04/14/07)

    Santa Monica

    Frank Lavac, DVM
    Wilshire Animal Hospital
    2421 Wilshire Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90403
    Tel: (310) 828-4587
  • Daniel Levenson, DVM has relocated to Aztec, NM (10/10/01)
  • JD - Dr. Frank Lavac was exceptionally helpful and caring when I brought in my baby Austrailan White's Tree Frog, who had parasites. Although after several visits we were unable to save him, I am thankful that I was able to work with Dr. Lavac and would highly recommend him. He sees a wide range of exotic animals, so if you have one and you're in the west LA area, check him out. (03/24/05)

    Santa Rosa

    Randall Popkin, DVM
    Sequoia Valley Veterinary Hospital
    604 Elsa Drive
    Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    Tel: (707) 545-7387
    Sebastopol - He was willing to help me over the phone and had suggestions that may have worked for a kingsnake hit by a car. Knowledgeable about snakes (etc, as he specializes in exotics). Was suggested by my horse vet, so the local vets respect him also.

    Erich Williams, DVM
    Wikiup Veterinary Hospital
    130 Wikiup Dr.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    Tel: (707) 573-8252

  • Vet self-recommended (03/15/07)

    Studio City

    Marianna Savransky, DVM
    Studio City Animal Hospital
    11800 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Tel: (818) 769-1338
    Fax: (818) 769-3552
    Hours: Mon - Sat 7:30am - 7:00pm, Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • T - I visited this hospital on Sunday and there were 3 doctors available who could see Green Iguana. Dr. Savransky saw my Green Iguana. She has reliable knowledge for Iguana and was very kind to my Ig. Staffs were helpful and kind as well. (06/24/03)
  • GR - She is a Great vet, she is very carefull and thorough, she has seen all of my bearded dragons,juvenile and adult and has treated them for many different problems. Dr Geoff Stein is also a great reptile vet. (01/14/04)
  • Dr. Stein is no longer with Studio City Animal Hospital. The tech I spoke with on the phone said he is going to set up his own private practice in Pasadena. Dr. John Flanagan at Studio City Animal Hospital also sees exotics. (07/16/04)

    Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village

    Howard D. Martin, DVM
    Veterinary Home Care
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    Tel: (818) 879-5363
    Fax: (818) 879-5368
    Agoura Westlake Animal Hospital
    30849 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
    Westlake Village, CA 91362
    Tel: (818) 707-3030
  • I - This is an absolutely wonderful mobile veterinarian who comes to your house and treats primates, fish, reptiles and small mammals. Dr. Martin's internship was completed in a zoo. We have an 8 foot Red Tail Boa named Juji who had a recurring problem. Our previous vet tried various medications with no success. Dr. Martin, after giving Juji a thorough examination, gave the correct diagnosis and solved the problem. I highly recommend him. (01/18/02)
  • Email - Snakes and lizards; great to deal with. Very reasonable; comes to your home. (08/07/02)
  • Email - I don't recommend him for small species of chameleons (dwarf or pygmy) based on our experience working with him. (08/19/02)
  • DB - Howard D. Martin, DVM came to see my water dragons yesterday. I asked him to examine my waterdragon because she was lethargic and not eating well. I asked him to check for pregnancy specifically. He said she was not pregnant but made many other good husbandry recommendations to improve her environment. She has since laid 4 eggs. I don't think he should have missed this. I learned more from him on husbandry than I have in all the books, websites and articles combined. He took his time and was very thorough, did a fecal and made recommendations to the environment that will help the condition of my girls and their "Puff Daddy". (11/16/02)

    Ken Coscarelli, DVM
    Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
    1850 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    Tel: (805) 495-4671
    Tel: (818) 889-1415
    M - Dr. Coscarelli was wonderful. My Leopard gecko was fairly calm with him (she peed all over the first vet I took her to). He explained every possibility of what could be wrong and told me all my options from the most conservative to the most invasive (surgery). In addition to Dr. Coscarelli, Dr. Connelly was very helpful and seemed pretty experienced also. The staff is friendly and helpful. I took my leopard gecko in because she hadn't started eating after she shed and had watery feces a few days after shedding. He immediately asked if she was dewormed (which the first vet said she was, but she actually wasn't given the proper treatment) and told me how I could handle the situation. He didn't push me to do anything I didn't want. He asked about the cage setup, and told me that the calci-sand I was using could be causing problems so he suggested alfalfa pellets. I can't say whether my gecko will make it, but her chances are much better than had I stuck with my original vet choice. He is the best in the area. (03/11/03)


    Angel Anguiano, DVM
    Vacaville Pet Veterinarian
    1909 Peabody Road
    Vacaville, CA 95687
    Tel: (707) 455-8383
  • A - Very knowledgeable of all 3 of my herps, and has a decent price. For checkups its $43.50 and you can take in as many herps as you want, he will check them all. (08/31/02)
  • M - I took my RES to this vet based on the recommendation here and was disappointed. He was not familiar enough to tell the sex of the turtles. He may be very knowledgable about other reptiles, but RES were not familiar to him. Nice person and did the procedure needed and they're fine. Just wanted to add that he is not very familiar with RES though I was told by the person who made the appt for me that he was. (12/03/07)


    John R. Cardwell, DVM
    Companion Animal Medical Center
    5229 W. Walnut Ave.
    Visalia, CA 93277
    Tel: (559) 625-9920
    Fax: (559) 625-9927
  • I have been practicing herp vet. medicine now for about 6-7 years. I am a member of ARAV and CVMA and attend at least one continuing education event a year dealing exclusively with herps and/or amphibians. (03/19/03) Vet self-recommended
  • No longer at Redwood Veterinary Hosptial (Visalia). Vet information updated, provided by vet (02/10/05)
  • No longer at Care Veterinary Clinic (Visalia). Have been practicing reptile medicine for over 18 years. Vet information updated, provided by vet. (05/02/07)

    Leslie Garrow, DVM
    Ruth Adams, DVM
    Cottage Lamorinda Veterinary Hospital
    1590 Boulevard Way
    Walnut Creek, CA 94595
    Tel: (925) 935-9080

  • B - Both doctors are current and active members of ARAV. They are both knowledgeable, compassionate, and truly dedicated to ensuring that all exotic animals have a good quality of life. (02/11/03)


    Tia Greenberg, DVM
    Westminster Vet Group
    6621 Westminster Blvd
    Westminster, CA 92683
    Tel: (714) 899-1100
    HT - I brought my Turtle to this hospital, and the place is incredible. It is a brand new 10,000 sq foot hospital.The Dr has extensive training for all exotic pets. You gotta check this place out. Co-veterinarian recommended (05/22/02)

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